Overview: For your IT project report, the second of three capstone components, you will imagine that the key stakeholders for whom you wrote your proposal gave you the go-ahead to implement your information technology solution to the problem you identified. You have designed and developed your project solution, and now you must report to the stakeholders.
In other words, for this capstone component, you will design and develop your project solution and then report on it. If you are able to implement your solution, include a summary of your implementation and testing in your report. If you are not able to implement your solution, you may develop a model, simulation, prototype, or proof of concept as an alternative to developing a fully implemented project. In this case, in your report you should include a plan for implementation and testing.
Your report must provide clear evidence that your project was implemented and tested (or is implementable and testable). This can be achieved by documenting a demonstration of the project in use or documenting an explanation of the model, simulation, or prototype. Consider using video or screenshots to demonstrate and explain your project. If the implemented project is to be supplied to the instructor, you could provide a user manual that explains how to install, configure, and run the software. You are encouraged to submit artifacts of the project including diagrams, software applications, database designs, process documents, etc. Make sure to include clear instructions for accessing and using these artifacts. The design and development of your project solution should demonstrate professional-level knowledge and skills.
Your project report should include at least one recommendation for future enhancements. Explain what you might add to the project if you had more resources? What risk(s) would you need to consider before the enhancement was implemented at some future point in time? What would have to happen first before the future enhancement was even considered seriously?
You will submit drafts of this component in Modules Four, Five, Six, Seven, and Eight. The final component is due in Milestone Nine.
The following sections are required in your project report (though you are not limited to including only these sections):
1. Project Design: Analyze the problem that you have identified and explain why the problem is significant. [Drafted in Modules Four and Eight] 2. Project Implementation: If you implemented your project, describe the implementation. If your project was not implemented, how would you implement it? As you work on the project each module, the status of the project will be updated in this section. Describe the status of the implementation to date. [Drafted in Modules Five, Six, and Eight] 3. Project Test Plans and Results: If you implemented and tested your project, describe how you tested your project. If your project was not implemented or tested, how would you test it? [Drafted in Modules Five, Six, and Eight] 4. Recommendations for Future Enhancements: Explain what you might add to the project if you had more resources. What risk(s) would you need to consider before the enhancement was implemented at some future point in time? What would have to happen first before the future enhancement was even considered seriously? [Drafted in Modules Seven and Eight] 5. Appendix: Supporting Evidence of Project Implementation: Include your supporting documents in this section. For example, your screenshots or user manual should be included here. [Drafted in Modules Seven and Eight]
Component 2: IT Project Report Draft I Rubric
Overview: The IT project report draft due in Module Four should contain the following section:
o Section 1: Project Design
Your draft should address the following:
ï‚· Discuss the problem or challenge you addressed ï‚· Apply knowledge of stakeholder needs to report ï‚· Evaluate how well the model worked ï‚· Discuss the successes and challenges of the pilot ï‚· Develop a modification strategy for the pilot